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Creating Volumetric Effects with Houdini

Clouds, Smoke, Haze and Fog with Robby Branham

In this introduction to creating volumetric effects in Houdini, Senior VFX Artist Robby Branham covers the principles of creating volumes using techniques including VDBs, metaballs, and Houdini’s Cloud FX Shelf tools.
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Hunting the Idea

Creative Concept Design with Miguel Martinez

Concept Artist Miguel Martinez demonstrates his creative process using Adobe Photoshop. These lessons aim to provide a practical yet intelligent approach to designing under a given set of conditions, such as narrative and visual goals. Join the hunt to capture a great design from your imagination, where creativity and keen eyes are your allies.
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Environmental Storytelling

Composition and Shape Language with Eddie Bennun

Art Director Eddie Bennun shares his workflow for designing a credible game environment that portrays a clear story. Using Google SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop, Eddie explores the importance of shape language and its crucial role in creating a narrative composition.
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Creating Complex Designs and Patterns

Substance Designer and ZBrush Techniques with Nate Stephens

Nate Stephens demonstrates the creation of a complex decorative medallion asset using Substance Designer, ZBrush, Maya, and Marmoset Toolbag. Starting in Substance Designer, complex shapes are formed and explored, leveraging the flexibility and experimental power of the software.
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Introduction to Lighting for Animation

with Alexander Corll

Lighting and Compositing TD Alex Corll shares his process of lighting a shot from start to finish using Maya, Arnold and Nuke. This includes researching reference images and assessing your scene, initial scene optimization, and additional tips to help speed up your workflow.
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Creature Sculpting with Dominic Qwek

ZBrush, Keyshot and Photoshop Techniques

Character Artist Dominic Qwek shares his workflow for creating a creature bust using ZBrush, KeyShot and Photoshop. He covers the initial design process and how to block out the primary and secondary forms and evolve the design in 3D. He then details the sculpt in multiple stages while covering the features in Sculptris Pro and talks about the various techniques he uses in each stage.
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From Previs to Final Animation

Composition, Lenses, Shot Design and Animation

In this tutorial, Senior Animator Elaina Scott shares her workflow for creating a full-cg shot for Visual Effects, from previs to final animation. In the initial chapters she discusses shot language, lenses and how to create dynamic poses for superhero animation.
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Sculpting the Planes of the Head

a fundamental guide to mastering the head with John Brown

In this tutorial, figurative artist and educator John Brown breaks down the life-size male head into a series of planes and facets, establishes the facial feature land marks, discusses depth, creating shadows and shares valuable techniques for sculpting the best head possible.
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Interview with Nick Hiatt

by Genese Davis

Art director, matte painter, and concept artist, Nick Hiatt, has garnered extensive experience in the world of games and VFX. His work includes mega hit titles such as Star Wars: Episode 7, Star Trek: Beyond, 12 Strong, Cloverfield: Paradox, and Mission Impossible 5. Nick Hiatt owns Bang Bang FX, a studio specializing in concept art, matte painting, and 3d environments.
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The Art of the Armature

Mastering the Pose with John Brown

Creating great sculpture is very much like creating great Architecture. The foundation and framework has to be built first and it must be strong and contain the necessary landmarks in order to achieve aesthetic success and evoke emotion.
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Study at Gnomon in Hollywood

Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation

Gnomon helps students reach their goals in digital production through a variety of educational options, including a full-time BFA degree, full-time vocational programs, and over 100 individual courses – all taught at the heart of the entertainment industry
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Introduction to Clarisse v4

with Alessandro Cangelosi

In this workshop, Alessandro Cangelosi guides you through Isotropix Clarisse V4. Beginning with the basic workflow needed to get up and running, Alessandro then delves into the various features and tools used to create a complete natural environment while taking advantage of Clarisse's powerful ability to handle complex scenes that contain billions of polygons.
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BFA Degree in Digital Production

Gnomon’s New Four-Year Degree Program

The full-time BFA in Digital Production is designed to produce production-ready artists versed in general academic knowledge, foundational arts, and production skills. The curriculum is taught in Hollywood and covers all aspects of a 3D generalist skill set.
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2D Contest: Chamber of Chains

Winner: Julian_S

  • Fall 2018 Abandoned Auction House

  • Fall 2018 Chamber of Chains

  • Aug 2018 Rock Climbing Robot

  • July 2018 Floating Monument

  • July 2018 Firework Rocket Launcher

  • June 2018 Stylized Toy Battleship

  • June 2018 Robot Boredom

  • May 2018 A Daring Rescue

  • May 2018 Cosplay Emergency Kit

  • April 2018 Steampunk Style Bulletproof Vest

  • April 2018 The Devil’s Throne

  • March 2018 Mercenary Futuristic Submarine

  • March 2018 Mercenary Space Ninja

  • February 2018 Alien Skull

  • February 2018 Possessed Carnival Rides

  • January 2018 Modern Medieval Drawbridge

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Testimonials

  • Gnomon has created a series of tutorials that will appeal to anyone interested in a career path in visual arts. The availability of these lessons represents a significant opportunity for artists everywhere to elevate their skillsets to the next level.

    Jim McCampbellDepartment Head, Computer Animation Ringling School of Art & Design
  • Gnomon tutorials are a staple in our libraries at Disney Feature Animation. Artist training is very important at Disney, and has been since the days of Walt. We rely on the tutorials to supplement our classes and to provide a more personalized schedule for the production artist seeking to broaden their skill sets.

    Patricia BeckmannManager of Artistic & Professional Dev, Disney Feature Animation
  • I'd like thank you guys for all the hard work you've done over the years. I didn't have money for college so I spent what money I could come up with on your video series. Because of your excellent training tutorials, I was able to create a reel that got me a job where I am today and I am eternally thankful.

    Matt SkonickiCinematics Character Artist, Midway Games
  • Their professors – and founders – are people who truly inspire. They don't just teach the 'how to' – they give you context, understanding and expectations of 'how to on the job'. Theirs is a practical approach to actually working in film, video and gaming. It's that amazing ideal, where art and making a living peacefully co-exist. You can certainly become a successful working artist without Gnomon, but with their pedigree, placement stats, culture and track record, why take that chance?

    JJ AbramsCEO, Bad Robot Productions, Director Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek, Super 8
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